You plan all your vacations around photography, right? In one way or another, you think about the way you'll capture the place through your camera whenever you're choosing a destination for your trips. Today, we suggest a different theme for your trips: photo exhibitions. You'll still get to take photos, but you'll also enjoy seeing the work of some of the best photographers around the globe.
Are you wondering where the most amazing photo exhibitions are? We'll list the top 10!
Killed Negatives: Unseen Images of 1930s America - Whitechapel Gallery, London
Photo: Carl Mydans, Untitled Photo. Courtesy of Whitechapel Gallery
During the 1930s, thousands of negatives by U.S. photographers were "killed". This was the time of the Great Depression, so you can only imagine how powerful and real these photographs were. Well you don't have to imagine; you can see the ones that survived.
The negatives were "killed" by puncturing a hole. Those marks make the photographs even more real. Currently, this exhibition shows at the Whitechapel Gallery in London, so hurry up and book your ticket.
Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art - Tate Modern, London
Photo: Antony Cairns, LDN5_051 2017 © Courtesy of the artist Antony Cairns
While you're in London, you'll have an opportunity to visit another extraordinary photography exhibition. This one is all about seeing and understanding the roots of photography. You'll also see interviews, which show how photographers responded to trends and how they contributed to abstract art.
Sabine Weiss: Les Villes, La Rue, L'Autre - Centre Pompidou, Paris
Sabine Weiss shot photographs that are categorized in the "sentimentalist" movement, resulting from the drama of post-war years. As the museum's curator said, she is the "last surviving representative of the heyday of humanist photography." Who wants to miss that?
Cosmogonies, Summoning the Elements - MAMAC, Nice
Lighting, southerly winds, and instantaneous traces of spring showers... those are some of the most difficult natural phenomena to capture on camera. This exhibition is all about witnessing the components of the universe and the "momentary states of nature".
This collection of photographs by renowned photographers represents water, earth, fire, and air. It's absolutely breathtaking.
Man Ray - Bank Austria Kunstforum, Wien
Photo: Man Ray, Noire et Blanche, 1926. Courtesy of Kunstforum Wien.
As any other photographer, you probably recognize Man Ray's contributions in that artistic field. But have you seen his paintings? In addition to photographs, Man Ray also created paintings, drawings, designs, films, and writings. He was a multi-talented artist, and this exhibition conveys all his skills.
David Goldblatt & Peter Magubane: On Common Ground - Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg
On Common Ground is a collection of photographs by David Goldblatt and Peter Magubane - two of South Africa's most prominent photographers. Both of them captured the reality of the apartheid from different perspectives. For Magubane, the sense of personal oppression and anger was the driving force. Goldblatt, on the other hand, captured the quieter, daily life in the apartheid regime.
Neorealismo, Nuova Fotografia Italiana - Keith de Lellis Gallery, New York
Italian neorealism is one of the most interesting genres in film. Its intention is to show the new kind of realism that the Italian working class faced after the World War II.
The problem with neorealism is that it's really difficult to capture through an artistic expression beyond the boundaries of film. A single photograph has to show the entire multi-dimensional story. This group exhibition of vintage photograph manages to do that. If you're in New York, this is an exhibition you won't want to miss.
The Incomplete Araki: Sex, life, and Death in the Works of Nobuyoshi Araki - Museum of Sex, New York
You won't limit yourself to a single exhibition when you go to New York, will you? Nobuyoshi Araki, one of the most notorious modern photographers, has captured the vulnerability of love, loss, and sex. The photographs in this exhibition are accompanied by perspectives of fans, critics, curators, collaborators, and fellow artists.
Sony World Photography Awards 2018 - Willy-Brandt-Haus, Berlin
Photo: Manuel Armenis, Germany, Open Competion, Street Photography, 2018.
How about a glimpse into the best contemporary photography? Each year, some of the most prominent photographers from all around the world take part in this competition. This year, a total of 320K photos were submitted to the competition, and you'll be able to see around 130 of the best entries.
Women: Through the Lens - Photo Gallery International, Tokyo
Photo: Tomio Seike. Courtesy of PGI
This is a group exhibition that represents the glamour, fragility, delicacy, and elegance of women. Photography has an amazing capacity to capture all emotions and all aspects of a woman's personality. This exhibition shows the different take on femininity of 24 prominent artists.
Did you make your choice? Wherever you decide to go, there's probably a great photography exhibition nearby. Do your research and you'll get much more from your trip than you expect.
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